Johnson City, Tenn. (Apr. 25, 2002) -- Virginia Tech spoiled Senior Day for the East Tennessee State softball team, sweeping a doubleheader from the Buccaneers, 10-1 and 6-0, Thursday afternoon from Metro-Kiwanis Park in Johnson City, Tenn.
The Bucs (22-28) got on the board first in game one, as they scored a run in the bottom of the first off of Hokie starter Clarissa Crowell. Sophomore leftfielder Tiffany Vandergriff (Sale Creek, Tenn.) led off the inning with a walk and was bunted to second on a sacrifice bunt by freshman centerfielder Danielle Spetar (Knoxville, Tenn.). Vandergriff stole third and later scored on a passed ball.
Virginia Tech (34-16) took the lead in the top of the second, striking for three runs. With two outs, second baseman Shanel Garofalo singled and moved to second on a walk to third baseman Megan Evans. Courtney Brinkman then tripled to right field, scoring Garofalo and Evans. Brinkman came home on a single by shortstop Carmen Farmer.
The Hokies scored four more runs in the top of the fifth to widen their lead to 7-1. Crowell and catcher Amy Voorhees drew back-to-back walks with one out. Mindi Wylie singled to centerfield to load the bases. Evans, with two outs, doubled to right center, scoring all three runners. Brinkman then hit her second triple of the game to score Evans.
Virginia Tech scored the final two runs of the game in the top of the sixth. Farmer led off the inning with a single to right field. Following walks to catcher April Ellenberger and Wylie, Garofalo cleared the bases with a triple to right center, making the score 10-1.
Senior pitcher Marsha Giles (Jonesborough, Tenn.), pitching in her final game at home, took the loss (5-10), allowing 10 earned runs on 11 hits, striking out two. Crowell go the win (9-4) allowing no earned runs and three hits while striking out nine.
Game two began as a pitchers duel between ETSU freshman Courtney Jenkins (Knoxville, Tenn.) and Virginia Tech senior Ashley Dobbe, as the game was scoreless until the top of the fifth. With two outs in the frame, Farmer hit an infield single and advanced to second on a single by Wylie. Voorhees then reached on an error, scoring Farmer and advancing Wylie to second. Crowell then hit a two-RBI double and advanced to third on the throw to the plate. Crowell would score on another error to make the score 4-0.
The Hokies would score their final two runs in the top of the seventh. Farmer hit an inside the park home run down the right field line. Wylie then singled to left field and reached second following an error on a Voorhees fielder's choice. Crowell then singled to load the bases. Pinch-hitter Ellenberger reached on a fielder's choice with Wylie coming home on an error.
Jenkins pitched well but took the loss (11-10), allowing just one earned run and scattering 11 hits while striking out three. Dobbe was almost unhittable for Virginia Tech, getting the win (22-11) after allowing just one hit in the game and striking out 11. The Bucs were hitless in the game until Vandergriff laced a single to right field with one out in the sixth.
East Tennessee State returns to action this weekend as they close the season with a three-game series against Southern Conference rival Appalachian State. The series begins on Saturday with a doubleheader at 1 p.m.